Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic . Picture: BACKPAGEPIX
Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic . Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says he has had to work much more on the mental side of his players than the physical to arrest a run of six games without a victory and get the Bucanneers’ ship back on track. 

Pirates snapped out of their mini slump with an emphatic 4-1 home win over AmaZulu at the Orlando Stadium last Saturday night and will now head to Durban in a much more buoyant mood for their weekend game against Lamontville Golden Arrows.

“We need to work on the mental side by removing the pressure on the players and taking away anxiety and transferring that all onto the technical team‚” said Sredojevic‚ whose side were outplayed in Tunisia by Esperance in the African Champions League and then lost to SuperSport United in a league game where they missed a penalty.

“It is much more the mental aspect than anything else‚” the coach said of those performances.

“We were down with our confidence but I knew it was just a matter of time before they would unleash their real selves.

“The best medicine was winning and winning convincingly.”

With nine games to go in their league campaign‚ Pirates sit just two points behind leaders Bidvest Wits, and Sredojevic hinted that he is to continue to play with a system he says gives Pirates “punching power”.

“We want to have six ball players in the team with a player up top and two number 10s plus two more out wide with a midfielder coming through. That’s the platform.”

Pirates play Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont‚ outside of Durban‚ on Saturday night.